London Cruise Tour

Price from: 120 £
Duration: 4 hours

Cruise and sightseeing tour!

Our journey through history begins at the Westminster Pier, in the shadow of Big Ben's tower and just a few steps away from Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for almost 1,000 years. This is also the pier closest to the Churchill Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms of the White hall, the centre of the national government and the Banqueting House - the last remaining building from the old Palace of the White hall.


Tour Highlights:

Across the river, we will see the Houses of Parliament, County Hall, the headquarters of theLondon County Council. Below the water, the London Aquarium reveals the secrets of the deep, while above visitors and business people relax in the comfort of the Marriott Hotel.

A few yards downstream we see the Millennium Wheel, better known as the London Eye. In a 25-minute ride it offers spectacular views across London and far beyond.

Through the Jubilee and Hungerford foot bridges and Charing Cross railway bridge, the Royal Festival Hall recalls the post-war days when the river carried some 6 million people to celebrate the Festival of Britain at this very site.

To the north, the stunning office development above Charing Crosss station echoes the arched roof of the original Victorian terminus and testifies to the property value of «air rights» above the platforms, making a significant contribution to the railways' income.

After Waterloo Bridge we will see the Somer set House, the grand building on the north bank that was once the home of various government departments and is now a vibrant arts, heritage and entertainments centre.

Just beyond, on the opposite (south) bank, the OXO tower has recently gained a new lease of life with studios, restaurants and flats. The design was a clever — and successful — attempt to circumvent the ban on advertising along the riverside. Continuing the domestic theme, on the north side of Black friars Bridge, in the square mile of the «real» City of London, lies the home of Persil and many other household products, the head offices of the Anglo-Dutch commercial giant Unilever, next to the old City of London school for boys.

Beyond Blackfairs, look up the steps on the north bank for a view of St. Paul's Cathedral as we pass beneath the new Millennium Footbridge, which provides a pedestrian link with the Bank side, part of the South Bank regeneration development. Among the attractions in this area are theTate Modern art gallery and Sam Wannamaker's re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the first building with a thatched roof to have been built in London since the great fire of 1666.

We will pass the South Bank, which is the heart of historic Southwark famed for its riverside pubs and the smallest of the capital's three cathedrals.

Through London Bridge a thrilling view unfolds: theTower o fLondon,Tower Bridge and the retired battle cruiser, HMS Belfast.

The Tower Bridge is one of London's newer bridges, opened in 1894 by Prince Albert after more than half a century of clamour by the City. All proposals for a bridge were resisted vigorously by the ship owners and merchants who needed free passage through the Pool of London. The resulting design is a typically British compromise, the upper level providing uninterrupted foot passage, carrying the way, is lifted to allow tall ships to pass.

On into Docklands: historic Wapping and Limehouse to the north,Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to the south. Many of the old docks have disappeared while those that remain now play host to yachtsmen, weekend sailors and narrowboats.`

We will see the river side pubs, once the haunts of seafarers, lightermen and dockers, now play host to local families, tourists and city workers - escaping from the Square Mile. Among the pubs, which retain their traditional charm are the Mayflower, where the Pilgrim Fathers moored their ship of the same name before setting off for the New World, the Angel, well known to Samuel Pepys in his days as head of the Admiralty, and the Grapes, one of Charles Dickens's favourite watering holes.

Join us on this faboules tour and make sure to get unforgettable memories from London!

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Somerset House - Great free historical tour
s00 , Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, 2015-05-13
had a fantastic tour of this wonderful building guide was great and it was free. This is something not to be missed they happen on Tuesday's and Thursday's check their website for the details. Have a... read full review
Somerset House - For photography fan
Tanmouss , Oslo, Norway, 2015-05-10
A nice exhibition about the Sony photography competition. Each category has its winners. Other exhibitions are available. read full review
Somerset House - Always some exhibition worth visiting
Phayao13 , Stockholm, 2015-05-07
Are you the least bit interested in photography, visit Sony World Photography Awards 2015.The exhibition is just right in size. Nice restaurant and cafe in the building. read full review
Big Ben - Iconic BIG Ben - a "must do"
realpep , Imperial Beach, California, United States, 2015-05-21
The clock tower just soars above other edifices in the area. The best part is when it chimes on the hour. Be there with your videocam when that happens. It's really cool! read full review
Big Ben - high
Ellen K , Almere, The Netherlands, 2015-05-21
nice building, but thats all, cant tell anyting about it, becaus i did not get in . nice sound of the bell read full review
Big Ben - Beauty as it stands
Sumit S , Bengaluru (Bangalore), India, 2015-05-20
Its always great to visit at dawn while walking by the Thames. Its one of the most visited place at london. read full review
Westminster Abbey - Beautiful
Débora R , 2015-05-21
I had never seen so many graves in a church! It's nice to keep searching for specific graves and analysing the people's graves profiles. read full review
Westminster Abbey - Excellent, well worth the short wait to cue.
986jasmine , Auckland Region, New Zealand, 2015-05-21
The sites and history was fascinating and really interesting. It surpassed my expectations. We would've liked to have been able to take photo's. read full review
Westminster Abbey - A must
Marisol F , Toronto, Canada, 2015-05-20
Westminster Abbey is one of London's most famous landmarks and definitely something you don't want to miss. You can buy audio guides which make the experience a lot more interesting and informative... read full review
Tate Modern - I loved this art gallery!
Hithereguys , Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom, 2015-05-21
This was the first out of three art galleries I visited. This was my favourite art gallery because the art was done by artists that aren't very well known. I've seen famous pieces of artwork and this... read full review
Tate Modern - Slightly overrated museum
Vivian T , 2015-05-20
To be fair, I just been to the free part of the museum. There are fewer art pieces than I have expected, and the descriptions accompanying them are not the best I have ever seen. Just feel like this... read full review
Tate Modern - Free Sunday entertainment...almost
577nikiv , midstream , 2015-05-20
Just £4 gets you in, add £1 for a map, lovely Sunday spent looking at some of the best Modern art of the century. Picasso, Warthol, I mean come on. Loved it. Child friendly, very accessible, loads... read full review
Shakespeare's Globe - An absolute must for any theatre lovers
HelenMR30 , Leeds, United Kingdom, 2015-05-21
Theatre with a difference. You really felt like you'd been transported back in time. This is a great theatre providing an unforgettable experience. read full review
Shakespeare's Globe - Good, not the original, but interesting
jmb222 , New York City, New York, 2015-05-20
Was cool to see the environment in which Shakespeare told his stories, but it's not the original and for me personally, wasn't a must-see in London. I'm glad I went, but it's not something I would go... read full review
Shakespeare's Globe - Very atmospheric
LadyLindaT , London, United Kingdom, 2015-05-20
I saw Othello here, recently, and the staging was wonderful. There were also surtitles high up on either side of the stage. It is definitely worth a visit. Wrap up warm, though! read full review
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